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Marsha Gardenswartz, 1953-2008

The boundaries of birth and death allow no argument, only choices. Do we live as insubstantial shadows, or mountains rising high? Marsha Gardenswartz, so petite,...

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and Aaron Aaronsohn: glorious triumph, bitter defeat

The perfectly hopeless vulgarity of the half-Europeanized Arab is appalling. Better a thousand times the Arab untouched. The foreigners come out here always to teach,...

The logic of an Israel-Syria peace agreement

The last attempt at a peace deal between Israel and Syria was in the late 1990s. It fell apart only because Syria’s leader, Hafez Assad, died. Israel was prepared to...

Haircut, challah, and preparing for Shabbat

Have you ever had one of those days? One of those crazy, hectic, insane days, where you just don’t function like your usual self and it’s on precisely such a day when...

It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true

In response to our first blog entry, Laibel ben Aaron raised the idea of Jewish comedy. We came across a short but clever joke, that lends a bit of humor to the...

Soccer fever

Although many Americans may be unaware of it, every four years the European football (soccer) championship takes place, and this year the tournament is being co-hosted...

The meaning of Judaism

It’s a heavy topic, but what better way to launch our blog? So let’s get stuck right into it. In our annual Shavuous edition, we surveyed youth, asking how...


Is anger a positive or negative quality? You are probably thinking, what a dumb question, what could possibly be good about anger? In Jewish tradition as well, an angry...


In the year and a half I’ve lived in Tel Aviv, I have yet to encounter a bad meal . . . seriously. I know it sounds pretty unbelievable, but my taste buds have never...

Summer’s long Shabbat

With the summer equinox comes the “longest” day of the year — that is the longest period between sunrise and sunset. Tomorrow, therefore, is the longest “Shabbat”...


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